Media Advisory - Peoria Park District to host a
Celebration and Recognition of Donors

PEORIA (May 25, 2022) – The Peoria Park District will host a Celebration and Recognition of Donors at Newman Golf Course on Wednesday, May 25th at 10:30am in honor of the Newman Stump Carving Project.
The project, completed this year, was fully-funded through private donations that kicked off in 2021. "Patrons that typically golf at Newman, have a love and hate relationship with all the trees that grace the greenways," stated Emily Cahill, Peoria Park District Executive Director. "This unique project was a way for those golfers to unite to celebrate the beauty and history of Newman Golf Course and its many well-placed trees that define the PPD golf experience."

The stump, an old oak tree, was carved by local chainsaw artist Tim Gill and can be found near the Newman practice green. Newman Golf Course was renovated in 2017 by the District and included numerous updates to the tee boxes, drainage system and greens. The 18-hole Newman Golf Course is a favorite of Peoria area golfers and offers 6,497 yards of challenging steep terrain, moderate ravines, deep bunkers and numerous mature trees. 

Public stewards of nearly 9,000 acres of park and greenspace and another 185 buildings, the Park District’s mission is “To enrich life in our community through stewardship of the environment and the provision of quality recreational and leisure opportunities.” To learn more, please visit

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Media Contact:
Emily G. Cahill
Executive Director